In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and ... See full summary »
In 1935, 99-year-old former slave Shadrach asks to be buried on the soil where he was born to slavery, and that land is owned by the large Dabney family, consisting of Vernon, Trixie and their seven children, and to bury a black man on that land is a violation of strict Virginia law. Written by
The pickup truck on the ferry with them was newer than 1936. See more »
[Paul has learned curse words from the Dabneys and is yelling them into the closet.]
Son of a bitch, whorehouse, Jesus Christ, pisspot, asshole!
Come on, Paul, it's time to go to church!
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Written by J.R. Baxter (uncredited) and John Starling (uncredited)
Performed by Mississippi John Hurt
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A great movie based on the short story by William Styron, himself a native of the Virginia Tidewater, where the movie and story take place. I found the film very moving and accurate in its depiction of eastern Virginia during the Depression era-Styron based the short story on an actual childhood experience of his. Also I found the scenery and way in which it was composed especially noteworthy. The setting was just perfect and outstanding in every regard (ancient Live Oak and Cypress trees). All in all, a very good film, good effort was put into it and it shows.
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